Liverpool fans will be feeling the pressure of the title race at the moment. Manchester City beat Everton in the week to go ahead of the Reds, albeit they’ve played one game more. However, things might’ve been different had Jurgen Klopp not flopped in the winter transfer window, allowing his deputy senior right-back to leave and failing to sign anyone.
Liverpool fans will have been livid when Jurgen Klopp sanctioned a move for Nathaniel Clyne when Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth came after the 27-year-old with a loan option. However, the ex-Southampton man left for the second south coast club of his career, leaving the Anfield faithful relying on just one right-back in Trent Alexander-Arnold.
At the same time as this was going on, the fans knew that they were also having troubles with the centre of their defence as well as the right-hand side of it. Virgil van Dijk was playing through illness, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip were recovering from injuries sustained over the festive period and Joe Gomez remains out and will require surgery on a lower leg fracture he suffered in early December.
Despite all of this, the only action that Klopp took over the January window was to allow Clyne, and Dominic Solanke, to leave for the Vitality Stadium. The fans, though, desperately called for some kind of signing and were eventually left gutted when Anfield saw no new arrivals after the window slammed shut at 11pm last Thursday.
Inevitably, Alexander-Arnold has now picked up an injury and Klopp has trialled three players at right-back. Utility man James Milner, captain Jordan Henderson and summer signing Fabinho have all tried, to no avail, to fill the shoes of Alexander-Arnold, and the fans have been desperately wishing that they still had Clyne. Especially seeing as there’s a tough run of fixtures up ahead.
Four of the Reds next seven games are away at Manchester United and Everton in the Premier League and the two-legs against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. If Klopp has been smart enough to bring in some kind of versatile defender to fill in during these testing times then the Reds may feel a lot more comfortable about their run-in, but alas, it looks like they’re set to struggle.